Bolivia is one of those countries that many people I’ve met either bypass entirely or spend minimal time. Hell, I’m one of those only spending 2 weeks in a country that warrants a little more time! This is how I spent 2 weeks in this incredible country.
La Paz (3 days):
Having been to Lake Titicaca in a previous trip to Peru a couple of years ago, I opted to skip the usual backpacker trail of entering Bolivia through the Puno – Copacabana route and flew directly to La Paz. If you haven’t seen the lake, then you should definitely add it to your itinerary!
La Paz is one of those cities that I don’t think I will forget in a hurry. No doubt this has something to do with how different it is to other major South American cities – the weird Witches Market or the San Pedro Prison that has attained superstar status. Maybe it’s the cool coffee shops or the extreme setting, but whatever it is, it’s a city you need to see.
You can read about my time in La Paz here.
Sucre (3 days):
The capital of Bolivia will probably be the most laid-back capital you’ll encounter. It should be said that you really don’t need 3 days here unless you want to relax a bit – it’s an easy place to do nothing and is really popular if you are looking for a base to learn Spanish. I particularly enjoyed the central plaza – every place has one but this one sticks out from the crowd!
You can read about my experience in Sucre here.
Potosi (2 days):
Potosi is the home to the famous Cerro Rico mine and most likely the primary reason you’ve decided to come to Potosi. A mine tour isn’t for the faint-hearted but if you’re up for the challenge, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I had an interesting experience. You can read about it here.
Tupiza to Uyuni (4 days):
Bolivias star attraction – the Uyuni salt flats. Don’t rush this – the experience in getting to the salt flats has been one of the highlights of my trip. I opted to do a 4 day tour from Tupiza as opposed to the usual 3 day tour from Uyuni and I’d strongly encourage you to look into doing the same. It was incredible.
You can see my photo blog from the trip here.
Getting around Bolivia is extremely easy with its well-developed bus network. The country is an affordable one to backpack in and you’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular landscapes this planet has to offer!